seems to be a familiar story relating to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict
- see if you can recognise the pattern of:
peace talks/Israeli instability/international pressure on Israel
a suicide bombing
some sort of Israeli action
abandoning of the "peace process" at step (1)
seems that as soon as some talk of peace or withdrawing West Bank settlers
is mentioned, some sort of hostilities take place in this troubled zone.
following list was mainly compiled using the Guardians excellent Middle
East time line available here.
It makes for some of the most depressing reading on the web.
It emerges that Ariel Sharon's Likud party has suffered a sharp drop in
support during a corruption and organised crime scandal that has touched
senior politicians, including Mr Sharon's son
A dual suicide bombing in the heart of Tel Aviv kills 25 people, including
the two bombers. Many of the victims were migrant workers from Africa,
eastern Europe and the Philippines. The slaughter ends a six week lull
in attacks on Israel and comes just three weeks before a general election.
Palestinian officials are barred by Israel from attending a meeting in
London to discuss progress towards an independent state. The travel ban
was imposed by the Israeli cabinet in direct response to the previous
day's suicide bombings.
Mahmoud Abbas officially accepts Yasser Arafat's offer of the post of
Palestinian prime minister. He is expected to be sworn in after he selects
a new cabinet, when the US will publish its long-awaited peace plan.
A suicide bomber blows himself up in the Israeli coastal town of Netanya,
injuring 58 people. The attack, marking Palestinian 'Land Day', is the
first suicide bombing in Israel since the start of the war in Iraq.
Israeli forces launch two days of raids on occupied Palestinian territories,
killing six Palestinians, including a 14-year-old, and detaining more
than 1,000 boys and men.
Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian prime minister-delegate, Mahmoud Abbas,
finally agree on the composition of the new Palestinian cabinet after
frantic last-minute negotiations. In response to the move, the US indicates
that it will publish its long-awaited road map for peace some time next
week. Meanwhile, a Palestinian suicide bomber blows himself up at a crowded
railway station in central Israel, killing a security guard who tried
to prevent him from entering the building.
The US releases its long-awaited road map for peace to Israeli and Palestinian
leaders hours after the new Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas,
known as Abu Mazen, and his cabinet are sworn in. But, on the same day
that Mr Abbas pledges to take the first step on the road map by cracking
down on Palestinian terrorists, a suicide bombing at a bar in Tel Aviv
kills three Israelis. Hamas and al-Aqsa claim joint responsibility, but
Israeli police say that the suicide bomber and his accomplice, who escaped
unharmed, were British.
US secretary of state Colin Powell arrives in Israel for talks with Ariel
Sharon and Abu Mazen on the US-backed road map to peace.
Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, meets his Palestinian counterpart,
Abu Mazen, in Jerusalem, for three hours of talks. A suicide bomber kills
an Israeli man and his pregnant wife in Hebron.
A suicide bomber disguised as an Orthodox Jew blows up an Israeli bus
in Jerusalem, killing seven passengers.
Sharon calls off his US visit.
A suicide bomber kills two people in a shopping centre in Afula, Israel.
The summit meeting between Ariel Sharon, Abu Mazen and the US president,
George Bush, convenes in Aqaba, Jordan. Sharon pledges to support the
establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Abu Mazen says: "The
armed intifada must end." Fearing the road map will spell the end
of illegal settlements on Palestinian land, thousands of Israeli settlers
protest in Jerusalem.
Israel draws stinging criticism from Washington, accusations of terrorism
from its Palestinian partner in the peace process and a vow by Hamas to
respond in kind after an army helicopter tried to assassinate the Hamas
political leader in Gaza.
A teenage suicide bomber dressed as an Orthodox Jew kills 16 people on
a rush-hour bus in the heart of Jerusalem, fulfilling a vow by the militant
Islamist movement Hamas to avenge a botched Israeli attempt to assassinate
itspolitical leader a day earlier.
Israeli helicopter gunships fire three missiles at a car, killing one
person and wounding 22, including seven children.
Israeli gunships fire on car in Gaza
A deal for Israel to pull troops out of four West Bank cities is expected
to be finalised in a move to bolster a six-week-old ceasefire threatened
by renewed violence.
A Palestinian suicide bomber blows apart a bus in the heart of Jerusalem,
killing at least 20 people, including children, wounding more than 100
and inflicting the most serious blow yet to the six-week-old ceasefire.
Palestinian militant groups call off their ceasefire after Israel launches
a helicopter strike in Gaza. Three people, including Ismail Abu Shanab,
a political leader of Hamas, are killed.
Israeli helicopters kill a Hamas activist, wound a second and injure 25
bystanders in a missile attack on Gaza City.
Missile kills Hamas activist
The Israeli government announces that it expects to begin withdrawing
from parts of the occupied territories and redefining their borders to
create an emasculated Palestinian state if there is no progress towards
a negotiated peace settlement
A 22-year-old Palestinian mother of two small children, pretending to
be disabled, kills four Israelis at a Gaza border crossing after duping
soldiers into allowing her a personal security check rather than going
through a metal detector.
Human-bomb mother kills four Israelis at Gaza checkpoint
The Israeli air force bombs Hizbullah targets in southern Lebanon in retaliation
for the killing of a soldier in a missile attack on Israel's northern
Israel hits back after army death
Opposition politicians in Israel demand the resignation of the country's
prime minister, Ariel Sharon, after a businessman is indicted in a Tel
Aviv court for allegedly bribing him. The call comes as justice ministry
officials say prosecutors are considering whether to charge Mr Sharon
along with his son, Gilad, and his deputy, Ehud Olmert.
An 11-year-old Palestinian boy is killed and two other youths wounded
by Israeli soldiers in a highly sensitive area close to the border between
Israel and the Gaza Strip.
At least 13 Palestinians are killed, according to Israel's army radio,
in the deadliest clashes in the Gaza Strip for over a month. Palestinian
medics say they have unconfirmed reports of bodies as yet unrecovered
from the streets of a militant stronghold near Gaza City.
At least ten people are killed and another 50 wounded in a suicide attack
on a bus outside Ariel Sharon's official residence in Jerusalem. The al-Aqsa
Martyrs Brigade claims responsibility, but the attack fails to derail
a prisoner swap in which Israel begins freeing 436 of the 7,000 Palestinian
detainees it holds in exchange for an abducted Israeli businessman and
the bodies of three dead soldiers.
The International Committee of the Red Cross calls on Israel to halt construction
of the steel and concrete "security fence" through the West
Bank because it breaches international law and is causing widespread harm
Suicide bomber murders eight people on a rush hour bus in Jerusalem.
Israeli troops fire tear gas at Palestinians protesting at the barrier
being constructed in the West Bank as a court case on its legality opens
in The Hague.
Demonstrations over West Bank wall claim first victims as seizures belie
Sharon's pledge to abandon settlements.
Israelis kill two villagers in barrier protests
Israel is seizing Palestinian land in Gaza to expand one of the most controversial
Jewish settlements three weeks after Ariel Sharon said he intended to
remove all settlers from the territory.
The Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, is backing a total withdrawal
of Israeli settlers and soldiers from the Palestinian Gaza Strip, according
to a well-placed Israeli source.
Ten people are killed when two Palestinians from Gaza blow themselves
up in the Israeli port of Ashdod, prompting the Israeli prime minister,
Ariel Sharon, to cancel his first summit meeting with his Palestinian
counterpart, Ahmed Qureia.
The Israeli military accuses a faction of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement
of using an 11-year-old boy as an unwitting human bomb after the child
is discovered carrying explosive through an army checkpoint in Nablus.
Israeli forces launch a new offensive in the Gaza Strip, killing at least
six Palestinians and wounding 27 in a series of air strikes. Palestinian
security officials say troops had raided a Rafah refugee camp and had
demolished seven houses.
Palestinians wait for a verdict on the legality of the West Bank barrier
from the international court of justice in The Hague.
Palestinians await verdict on barrier
The world court brands Israel's vast barrier through the West Bank a de
facto land grab and tells Israel to tear it down and compensate the victims.
Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon, says the world court's ruling against
his country's vast barrier through the West Bank encouraged terrorists,
shortly after a bomb at a Tel Aviv bus stop killed a young woman.
Sharon needs one vote to bolster his coalition after right-wing parties
withdrew support over the proposal to evacuate all 21 settlements in Gaza
and four in the West Bank.
Ariel Sharon told senior cabinet ministers on Monday that he wants to
evacuate all Gaza settlements at one time instead of in three stages,
officials said, reflecting a major shift in position.
suicide bombers killed at least 15 people in simultaneous attacks on two
Israeli buses yesterday, ending a six-month lull in such violence and
potentially disrupting an Israeli plan to pull out of Gaza.
Israel plans to resume its campaign to assassinate Hamas leaders
in response to back-to-back suicide bombings by a Palestinian militant
group that killed 16 people, security sources say.
to hit Hamas's upper echelon had been put on hold in recent weeks while
the army targeted militants carrying out rocket attacks in southern Israel,
the sources said.
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